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Who's the Boss: Part 1 

Dave and Lisa make Bill the boss to teach him a lesson. Joe is on strike.



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For the umpteenth time Bill has pestered Lisa. Dave recognizes Bill is a real tie and he and Lisa decide to make Bill the boss so he realizes how hard the job is. That'll teach him a much needed lesson. Unfortunately for Dave and Lisa, Bill seems to be managing fine. Meanwhile, Joe is on strike and has to control his urge to fix broken stuff around the office. Written by Marco van Hoof <>

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20 January 1998 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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In the beginning of this episode, Bill McNeal reads a magazine called "Radio Ink" and on the cover of that magazine there's Bill McNeal. See more »


Joe Garrelli: [Can't work because of a strike] Do you know what holds this station together?
Beth: Gravity?
Joe Garrelli: No! The sweat of my brow, the grace of God, and thousands of miles of my home-made duct tape! I can feel this station falling apart around me, and I'm powerless to stop it.
Beth: Why don't you just fix things a little?
Joe Garrelli: I can't, I took an oath.
Matthew Brock: Joe, I just wanted you to know the coffee maker's broken.
Joe Garrelli: Damn you, Jimmy Hoffa!
Matthew Brock: No, actuallly, that was me.
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References Who's the Boss? (1984) See more »

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King for a day
28 April 2016 | by See all my reviews

There's nothing like a good plan backfiring, and 'Who's the Boss' has Dave & Lisa concocting a doozy to teach Bill a lesson by making him news director. What happens is pretty much exactly what you'd expect: Bill's ego runs wild as he puts the staff to work on meaningless tasks and hides away in his office behind his . . . piano. It's Hartman unchecked, and that is a thing of beauty.

Meanwhile, Joe's on strike, leaving no one to fix things (resulting in panicky Dave: "Bill, coffee machine broken, no coffee!"), which leads to a priceless scene with Mr. James wreaking havoc on the break room while Joe frets helplessly.

It may say 'Part 1' in the title, but this works terrifically as your business-as-usual "NewsRadio" and you don't see that cliffhanger ending coming.


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